Archive for November 2014

TIMECODE Media and Stateless Nation: The Case of the Kurdish Media

November 25, 2014


Dr Janroj Keles (Middlesex University)

Media and Stateless Nation: The Case of the Kurdish Media

Wednesday 3 December 2014, 6pm

University of Bradford

Horton D0.23


The national media plays a crucial role in creating “unified fields of exchanges and communication”, forming a shared national identity. It contributes a sense of belonging to a particularity and  reproduces a shared collective history, culture and language.  Since the 80s, the rapid development of communication technology has contributed to the exchange of information and resources along with multiple participation in socio-cultural and political activities across the borders of national states. This has led the end of the ethnic centred nation states’ information monopoly over their subordinated ethnic/national groups. The use of media by the stateless nations such as the Kurds has received little attention in the literature. The rapid development of satellite and internet technology created a Kurdish imagined political community. This talk will focus on Turkey’s battle with the Kurdish media to prevent the Kurds both internally and internationally from creating an alternative way of imagining peoplehood. The talk will address the way in which Kurdish media in Europe and in Turkey use words, images, symbols to challenge the Turkish state’s hegemony. Moreover, Kurdish media contribute to forging Kurdish oriented multiple identities in Turkey and the diaspora.


Janroj Keles is a Research Fellow in the Business School at Middlesex University. He specialises in media, identity and representation, nationalism, racism, minority attitudes to use of information/communication technologies, trans-national migrant communities, transnational media and transmigrants (Kurds and Turks in Germany, the UK and Sweden), media and ethnic conflicts, Kurdish – Turkishethno-national conflict, religious identities, asylum and refugee issues,industrial relations and ME groups in the UK and visual research.